Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

AP News
Posted: Apr 08, 2011 11:31 AM
Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

_ AFTERSHOCK PILES ON MISERY. Shoppers empty stores, traffic snarls and drivers wait for scarce gasoline as a 7.1-magnitude aftershock brings new misery to northeast Japan. The quake kills three people and a half-million homes lack power, including some spared in the first quake.

_ POWER PLANTS STABLE. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant reports no fresh problems.

_ SEARCH FOR BODIES. Hundreds of police, many from Tokyo, use their hands or small shovels to pull out bodies in the evacuation zone near the Dai-ichi plant.

_ CAR PRODUCTION TO RESUME. Toyota will resume making cars at all plants in Japan at half capacity for several days before breaking for a holiday. Its parts shortage is improving; Toyota is struggling to procure 150 types of parts, down from a peak of 500. Nissan will start up domestic production at half capacity starting Monday.